Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Retro Rock And Cool Country

Music Kristi Kates Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival is going mostly retro this year, hitting five decades’ worth of music with a round of ’60s nostalgia, a little ’70s rock, and some sounds from both the ’80s and the ’90s — plus some current Nashville acts thrown in for good measure.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Jackson Browne Standing Strong

Music Kristi Kates Even Rock and Roll Hall of Famers get the flu. Legendary singer-songwriter and longtime activist Jackson Browne, on his way to Interlochen this week, is skipping press obligations in favor of saving his voice for performing.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Petoskey Rocks!

Music Kristi Kates PETOSKEY ROCK CITY Each week brings a different band — everything from ’80s dance rock to jazz to blues, all by Michigan musicians familiar to Petoskey listeners. “The music is in Pennsylvania Park on a stage close to the cannon,” Manthei said.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Black And White Snapshot Of Tim Green

Other Opinions Grant Parsons

My old law partner Merritt W. Green II — Tim — died last month. He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense of social justice.

The black and white snapshot from 1960 shown here — the old courthouse, the terrazzo floor, the arched windows, the white cops, the large black man in work clothes, Tim – shows exactly what he was. It’s 1960; the Civil Rights Act hasn’t been passed yet. Tim’s being taken to jail; the cops are laughing at something he just said; his black client looks like he wants to protect Tim.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Yimby Shout

Other Opinions Gary Howe I envision an inclusive Traverse City that is able to proactively plan for future needs and respond to new demands. Our land use policy should support these efforts and address our need for housing -- housing that is close to jobs and services and affordable across the continuum…in particular, the demand for more accessible, compact housing often referred to as the missing middle needs our support.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Blue Angels Blues

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Our local Veterans for Peace organization, comprised of honorable men and women who served in the military, is leading a small but vocal group insisting that the Blue Angels fly on by us and go someplace else. (Full disclosure: They were nice enough to ask me to speak to their group some years ago.)
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Dates 06-25-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Celebrate the Fourth of July a couple days early with Stars, Stripes & Splatter, a 5K Color Race! Held on Saturday, July 2 at 10am at the Jazz Live Field, GT Resort & Spa, Acme, there will be patriotic colors stations. An after party will follow with an inflatable obstacle course, music, a color toss & more.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Nonna Lisa’s

Dining Kristi Kates Named after owner Joe Lieghio’s grandmother, Nonna Lisa’s is the place to go in Mackinaw City for Italian cuisine, woodfired pizzas, and some of the most unusual décor you’ll see at a northern Michigan restaurant.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Letters 06-27-2016

Letters Constitutional watch dogs voice a concern that folks currently on the “No Fly” list would be denied, without prior due process, the right to purchase a firearm. These same watchdogs find no problem with persons being denied the right to fly commercial without the same prior due process.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Up Up and Away!

Features Kristi Kates Looking to take to the quiet skies in a hot air or gas balloon just like Phileas Fogg in the film version of Around the World in Eighty Days, French aeronaut Jean-Pierre Blanchard, or modern day gadabout Richard Branson? Two places in northern Michigan offer balloon flights to the public, complete with expansive and amazing aerial views.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Cherry Treats For All!

Features Kristi Kates A rich maroon skin encasing a dark, juicy red fruit, the Balaton cherry’s striking color is matched only by the intensity of its cherry flavor. Spoon Foods preserves the flavor power of these little fruits in a rich cherry syrup spiked with brandy, vanilla, and spices, creating a topping that’s perfect for spooning over crepes or ice cream.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Conservation districts are turning to voters for new sources of funding

Features Patrick Sullivan Not to be confused with nonprofit organizations, conservation districts are actually government offices created across the United States in response to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, an environmental catastrophe that saw fertile Great Plains farmland swept away by wind, drought and poor farming practices.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Shakespeare Festival Focuses on Love

Features Kristi Kates Such is the legacy of the now nine-yearold Interlochen Shakespeare Festival, led by Interlochen’s Director of Theater Bill Church and featuring a core cast of Interlochen faculty, staff, and returning alumni that work tirelessly to celebrate Shakespeare’s works and bring them to a new audience.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Not Your Typical 4th in the North

Features Kristi Kates Parades, picnics, bright fireworks and sunny beach days. Block parties, barbecues, hot dogs and ice cream. They’re all essentials for a classic Fourth of July celebration.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

There's Something Fishy Going On at the Oden State Fish Hatchery

Features Kristi Kates The Oden State Fish Hatchery does a lot of good work for northern Michigan. Not only is it a major rearing facility for brown and rainbow trout, it also helps teach people about the lake and rivers in their own backyard through the awareness and educational components made available at the hatchery’s on-site visitor center.